Available on Disney + Star, the spin-off “American Horror Stories” offers, with each episode, a different horror story to satisfy fans of the genre. Does this first season manage to compete with its original series? Reply.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
A haunted house, a possessed teenage girl, a screening gone wrong, a killer Santa Claus… In 7 episodes, American Horror Stories offers stories that are different from each other, drawing inspiration from urban legends and American folklore.
American Horror Stories, a series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
Available on Disney + Star
WHO IS IT WITH?
Many familiar faces, previously appearing in American Horror Story, return in this spin-off. Actor Dylan McDermott returns to the famous Murder House, the scene of the first season. Matt Bomer, Billie Lourd and Cody Fern, three of the recurring actors in Ryan Murphy’s universe, are also returning to service.
Others make their first appearance, such as Danny Trejo in the skin of a bloody Santa Claus or Adrienne Barbeau, an actress well known to fans of horror films. Still on the new side, some will recognize Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, and Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, who plays her first role here.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
It’s been a decade since Ryan murphy has fun scaring viewers with his series American Horror Story. With 10 seasons on the clock, this anthology signs its biggest success on the small screen. It is therefore logical that the creator, already present on all fronts, launches a spin-off with the same formula which is interested in a new story in each episode. If the idea is good and promises a program full of thrills and full of madness, the end result, it is well below expectations.
The first two chapters, entitled Rubber (Wo) man, form a two-part storyline about Scarlet, a teenage girl who moves into the Murder House with her two fathers. The discovery of a latex jumpsuit in her closet will make her sink into madness. All the ingredients are there, the tone remains the same, but the magic does not take hold. American Horror Stories suffers from a writing not as inspired as the original series and unfortunately lacks the means to bring to fruition its many horrific moments.
Good ideas still save some episodes, like the fifth in which a young woman is desperate to get pregnant, even to sign a pact with a demon. The following one, also successful, is inspired by the film Mortal Detour and features Cody Fern in the skin of a ranger.
With this derivative series, American Horror Stories had the opportunity to take more risks and offer varied stories. Despite these missed opportunities, the whole thing remains a modest entertainment which, as such, can find its audience. The second season has also already been ordered.